Reports on Protest & Resistance
Last week I asked for your responses to the Democratic Party organizing people to chant "USA! USA!" to drown out chants of "No More War!" at their convention. No surprise -- everyone who wrote expressed disgust at the the naked, chauvinist expression of supoprt for imperialist war from the Democratic Party.
World Can't Wait, in coalition with other groups, formed a small yet politically important presence in Philadelphia last week outside the convention. Thanks to the generosity of the Arch Street United Methodist Church we had the use of the sidewalk outside the building (which was around the corner from the Convention Center - one of the locations being used by the DNC) and a place to enter to cool off and recover intermittently from the tremendous heat and sun.
"Brothers and sisters, this is the real world that we live in," says Bernie Sanders. Indeed. And Sanders' fidelity to the imperialist system that enforces U.S. hegemony over that world promises ever greater hardship and misery for all of humanity.
Members of World Can't Wait Chicago joined impassioned groups and individuals from across the Midwest at the BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana on May 15 to say no to fossil fuels. This was one of dozens of coordinated actions around the world (more here). After a rally that drew about 750 people, we joined a march and walked for over a mile past enormous oil tanks, railroad tracks used by trains transporting huge quantities of oil and tall smokestacks some emitting flames.
Thanks to the financial contributions by many of you who are reading this, the “Inside Drone Warfare” symposium was held at the University of Nevada/Las Vegas School of Law on March 30, 2016 - in the shadow of Creech AFB, the largest drone control and training center in the U.S.
World Can't Wait was among the courageous institutions that stood in solidarity with the NYU law students who, in the Spring of 2015, authored a Statement of No Confidence in Harold Koh due to his role as one of the key legal architects of the Obama Administration's targeted killing program.
Thanks to our friends at the Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation we've learned of Tuesday's rallies against the federal court ordering Apple to break the encryption on its I-Phones, citing one particular case of a phone linked by the FBI to the killings in San Bernadino.
Greetings, Dear Friends—
Joy swept through our cell block, Jamesville County Jail, Pod 4, Thursday, January 28.
That evening some of the fifty-nine women in our Pod rushed up and knocked on my cell door. They reported the six o’clock news had shown twelve drone resisters handcuffed, sitting on a roadside curb, waiting to be taken into custody.
DeWitt, NY, Jan 19 Following a 1/2 hour press conference, Mary Anne Grady Flores, a mother, grandmother and daughter, proprietor of a small Latino catering business, was sentenced to 6 months in jail, then handcuffed and taken from the courtroom to Jamesville Correctional Facility in East Syracuse.
Protesters across the U.S. and at U.S. embassies in London and Mexico City last week demanded the closure of the U.S. torture camp at Guantánamo Bay first set up by the Bush regime on January 11, 2002. The camp has operated seven years under Obama, as long as it did under Bush, though Obama promised in 2009 to close it within a year. Guantánamo forms part of a larger, global network of prisons set up by the United States after 9/11, an integral part of the limitless global “war on terror” necessary to spread the U.S. empire of capitalist-imperialist globalization exploiting billions worldwide.